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TPI-November-2014

Dharamshala: - The think-tank of Central Tibetan Administration(CTA), Tibet Policy Institute(TPI), organised a conference to examine the implications of Chinese policies in Tibet.

The conference which was held in Nyatri Hall at Gangchen Kyishong, was attended by Dicki Chhoyang, Kalon of Department of Information and International Relations and the main speaker during the one-day conference, Dr Emily T. Yeh.

In the inaugural speech, the Kalon said: “I left Tibet 10 years ago after spending 10 years in mainland china and I was most fortunate to travel to all three Traditional areas of Tibet.

 “I sense that the level of literacy and education in Tibet is increasing, although not as high as we hope. And there are increasing number of educated Tibetans who will hopefully be in a better place to address the impact of environment in their local communities.

“In exile it is important that we discuss these policies, it is difficult to say how much we could influence them but in terms of environmental policies I really think we can make a difference.

“We could raise international awareness and also awareness in the neighbouring countries that can influence the implementation of environmental policies which is not harmful to the pleateau.”

The main speaker for the conference, Dr Emily Yeh, is the Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of the book, Taming Tibet, which is drawn from her ethnographic fieldwork between 2000 and 2009 in Tibet.

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